decorating a kitchen - who can help?

  1. I am horrible at choosing colors! By my kitchen needs some work. It was remodeled about 9 years ago (before I bought it) and the wall paper has got to go. The cabinet tops have a light blue laminate on the top that kind of has a marbly effect on it, so whatever wall color I choose has to go with that. There is currently carpet in the kitchen (again, it was put in before I bought the house!) and it is being taken out as well. So I also need a tile to put down. The cabinets are a light-medium oak color and I really don't have the time/money/energy to do anything to them. So if cabinets are a fairly light color, do you put in a lighter color floor or a darker color? Trying to put this all together just seems so hard! Help!
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   leslie :-D
    hi lana,

    try www.hgtv.com.
    they're an excellent resource for inspiration and ideas.
    good luck to you!
    better you than me....hahaha

    leslie
  4. by   jnette
    Quote from earle58
    hi lana,

    try www.hgtv.com.
    they're an excellent resource for inspiration and ideas.
    good luck to you!
    better you than me....hahaha

    leslie
    C'mon Leslie... help the girl out here !

    You always have great ideas... but HGTV really IS a great site!!!

    By the way... you'll be pleased to know, Leslie, that I do intend to PAINT the walls in our house when Pati and Roo move up here. Roo loves to paint, and I'm beginning to tire of all the white walls. Time for a change. AND.. like lana here, I too, need to do some work in the kitchen. New coutertop, new sink, faucet, etc. Can't wait.

    Lana.. what were you planning for a floor? Tile? I'd brighten it up with a LIGHT colour. But everyone's taste is different... I like a light and airy kitchen. Mine has carpet, too... the way we bought it. Might be changing that as well... well see. Have a few more years to mull it all over.

    Whatever you do, have fun with it. Don't make it a chore.
    This is your moment to be creative, so enjoy it!
  5. by   leslie :-D
    so what's your idea of having fun jnette?
    painting your walls OFF-white???? hahahahaha.

    actually lana, when i purchased my house, the countertops were brand spanking new.
    but they were a dk green marble.
    so i ripped up the kitchen floor and laid down dk green marble tiles- for balance.
    cabinets are light oak.
    painted a couple of my walls a brick red, ceiling same color.
    other walls a neutral creamy beige.
    black accents, trim. (at one time, i was seriously thinking of painting my cabinets a glossy black and have creamy walls)
    and plenty of colorful art and pottery.
    stainless steel appliances.
    big sunny kitchen.
    came out pretty darned good.
    i get many compliments.
    as jnette said, have fun with it.

    if you have a lighter floor = alot of upkeep.
    just aim for proportion and balance.....and fun.
    mine is warm, whimsical and cozy.

    what color are your countertops?
    i can't picture blue laminate on the cabinets so it's hard to offer any advice.
    but honestly, have fun doing it.
    it's alot more fun when someone else does all the muscle work, like ripping up layers of ugly linoleum.
    that's what dh is for.
    he was the perspiration. i was the inspiration....
    good luck!
    and check out hgtv.com.

    leslie
  6. by   LanaBanana
    I checked out HGTV and I see all kinds of neat things I could do if I really wanted to go at it - like painting cabinets and and refinishing the countertops. By the way, the countertops are blue laminate, not the cabinets! I hate them and that will be changed in a couple of years (after I'm making the salary of a nurse and not a CNA!) I think I may just have to go buy a couple of different tiles to use as samples and see what they look like. Anybody wanna come help out?????
  7. by   Dratz
    What I did was went to a craft store and purchased a colour wheel. Now when I am wanting to repaint or put in new flooring I choose a colour on the wheel and spin it around to see what other colours it goes with. Takes the brain work out of my colour blindness LOL.

    For flooring or tiles I go to a flooring store and bring home samples that I like then lay them out on the floor and choose that way. What looked good in the store does not always look that great when I get it home. Flooring stores let you take home scads of samples for free that you simply return to the store when you are done with them.

    Hope that helps.
  8. by   suzy253
    My kitchen has hardwood floors. Don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing. it has hunter green counter tops and back splash and wood (mahogany..but not real dark) cabinets. Recently painted the walls a real light yellow. Works very well; I like yellow and blue together as well. Also have some bright collection of fiestaware in one of the cabinets that has a glass front. Hmmmmm...not really a great description. Maybe I'll try to find a piccy or something. Have fun!
  9. by   Medic2RN
    Hey Lana,
    The HGTV website is very helpful if you leave a post on it. I posted with a picture of a part of my yard that needed a landscaping boost and someone put the pic through a landscaping program they had and reposted it - the help was incredible.
    Maybe post a picture and see the responses you get back. A lot of the people on there are really creative and some are actually professionals.
    Just a thought!
    Oh - another idea - there are some easy interior design programs you can buy that have color choices, textures, etc and you can physically see what a room will look like before doing the work.
    Have fun and good luck!
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    My kitchen is all white, with black rugs, and black curtains above the sink. The canisters and such are holstein cowprint, if i can find anything for the kitchen in cowprint, i get it. The people at "Trading Spaces" would salivate if they saw it.
  11. by   kitty29
    As you know I'm planning to redo my kitchen at my cottage....How I go about a project like this is find a wall-paper or boarder or picture to pull colors from....the paint places ussually have web sites to help you pick colors too.

    I think blue in a kitchen sounds neat; I bet there are tons of things that will work. From the younger crowd at work I believe darker bold colors are in; but I've always perfered pastals....I like yellows in a kitchen.

    I have light flooring in my kitchen now and it's not bad for upkeep, in fact I felt the dark floor was much much worse. Go with what you like first.

    Keep us updated!!
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    I feel your pain - I'm terrible with decorating too. I can never figure out a color scheme or pick out the right paint or anything.

    What would be really cool is if HGTV would come to my house and do a whole-house makeover. I'd even let them show it on tv.

    steph
  13. by   Katnip
    How big is your kitchen? What kind of styles do you like?

    Do you like a Tuscan kind of look? French Country? English Cottage? American Country? Traditional?

    If you're planning to replace the counterops in a few years, paint, don't wallpaper because the backsplash might not match up right and you could end up with strips that are bare. How about a pale creamy yellow? Or do a little faux painting. I wouldn't do blue on the walls because of the countertop since you could end up clashing.

    Floor-go with something neutral. If the kitchen is very small, keep it light. If not, you can go darker. But a medium floor can look very dark if you don't have a lot of windows. Don't get tiles with too much pattern or it can shrink the room.

    I just did my kitchen. we have light maple cabinets that I didn't change. We went from dark green laminate counters to a light beige quartz with dark brown and black specks.

    The floor is a medium beige ceramic tile-out entire back of the house is covered with windows and is very bright so the floor does not look too dark.
  14. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from cyberkat
    How big is your kitchen? What kind of styles do you like?

    Do you like a Tuscan kind of look? French Country? English Cottage? American Country? Traditional?

    If you're planning to replace the counterops in a few years, paint, don't wallpaper because the backsplash might not match up right and you could end up with strips that are bare. How about a pale creamy yellow? Or do a little faux painting. I wouldn't do blue on the walls because of the countertop since you could end up clashing.

    Floor-go with something neutral. If the kitchen is very small, keep it light. If not, you can go darker. But a medium floor can look very dark if you don't have a lot of windows. Don't get tiles with too much pattern or it can shrink the room.

    I just did my kitchen. we have light maple cabinets that I didn't change. We went from dark green laminate counters to a light beige quartz with dark brown and black specks.

    The floor is a medium beige ceramic tile-out entire back of the house is covered with windows and is very bright so the floor does not look too dark.
    Kat - I just bought you a plane ticket for California . . . . .


    steph

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